Sunday, October 17, 2021

Fall Flower Garden

     I'm finally getting my card done for the Progressive Challenge at Outlaws this month.  The image is from Oddball Art.

     I colored her with ProMarkers and cut her with an oval die from QuicKutz.  I printed and cut the sentiment with an Avery Elle die.  The sheer ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and the bow was made from ribbon in my stash.


     That's all for today.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie      

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Fox for Halloween

      One of the best things about celebrating Halloween is getting to see all the adorable costumes that the kids wear.  This image from Kinda Cute is the freebie for their Progressive Challenge this month.  Isn't it darling?

      I used ProMarkers to color the image, then cut it with a CUTplorations stitched die.  The Trick or Treat  was cut from a scrap of black CS and the die is from Impression Obsession.  The spider web was cut with a Memory Box die and the bats came from a Die-versions die.  The sentiment was cut with n Avery Elle die.

      I left it as simple as possible so that it would be flat for mailing by adding all the elements to a brown card front.  For you purists who believe that open space must be white in order for something to be CAS, you'll be disappointed by this card, but I think the brown adds an autumn flavor and make the little fox pop..  :-D


     I hope your weekend is going great and that you find lots of "me" time.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, October 15, 2021

Time to Ride the Broom

      This is my second post of the day (scroll down 1 post to see the first) and I've done a DT card for the mid-month reminder post at Your Scrapbook Place.  Our sponsor is Moon Flower and the image I used is called "Gina Little Witch."  

     Colored with ProMarkers and gel pens, then cut with a Spellbinders die.  Both pieces of the sentiment were cut with Avery Elle dies.  I used a short scrap of purple ribbon and added ne of my signature, hand-sewn bows.  Everything was layered onto a simple background made from black and orange CS.


     If you haven't played in our "Anything Goes"  challenge this month, you still have until the 29th to get something entered.  We love seeing what you've created.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie  

Not Very Spooky

      It's the middle of the month so time for the start of another Challenge over at QKR Stampede.  We have two challenges every month; one on the 1st and one on the 15th .  Be sure to check the challenge blog to see if you were a winner or one of the Top 3 for the last challenge.

     It's October so of course I had to do a Halloween card.  QKR has some of the cutest Halloween/autumn images I've seen anywhere and I love coloring them.  This image is called, appropriately enough, "Halloween Kitty."  I love the expression on his face.  Can't you just see that he's waiting for 'The Great Pumpkin' (of Peanuts fame)?  I'm sure he and Linus are sitting together in the pumpkin patch, hoping their patch gets chosen as the best in the world.  :-D

     I used my ProMarkers to color the image, then fussy cut it with scissors.  I cut two fancy rectangles with a Spellbinders die, offset them on a pumpkin-orange card base, then layered the image onto them.  I added two scraps of  ribbon, layered one on top of the other.   I made one of my signature, hand-sewn bows, using white ribbon but then 'dying' it with ProMarkers to get the color I wanted.  The sentiment was printed and fussy cut.


     Come play along with us in this challenge.  Our theme is always "Anything Goes" and you can use any kind of image you like, from any company or artist.  But, if you choose to use a QKR Stampede image (or one from our sister company Eureka Stamps), your entry will be put into a completely separate draw and that significantly increases your chance of being a winner!  Good luck and see you in the challenge.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Christmas Owls and Stockings

      I supposed all creatures hang stockings for Santa to fill and I remember seeing this darling Penny Black stamp for the first time.  I fell in love and it went right into my cart.  :-D   That was a few years back and I've used it before on Christmas cards but I used non-traditional colors.  I think this is the first time I've done it all in red and green.

     Colored with ProMarkers and pencils, with gel pens for highlights.  I cut the image and the sentiment with Die-namics dies.  For the sentiment piece, I cut it once, then shifted the die and cut again to get the size/shape I needed.  

     The diagonal dp is a scrap left over from another project and is from a Graphic 45 stack.  The snowflake is cut from felt.  I kept the card as flat as possible because it's going to be mailed.


     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Broom Ride

      I'm still doing Halloween cards, even though I seem to be balancing each one with a Christmas card for the stash.  The image I used today is a digital image from Mo's Digital Pencil and I don't think I've ever used it in all the time it's been in my collection.  But it's adorable, was fun to color, and made a delightful card.  :-D

     I merged the sentiment before printing, then used my ProMarkers to color the image.  I cut it with  pinpoint, circle die from Dare 2B Artzy, which I also used to cut the circle in each of the two blck and orange CS pieces.  I inlaid the image into the background.

     I added other die cuts for embellishment; bats cut with an Impression Obsession die, and the house cut with a die from Cuts.  All of those were cut from small bits and pieces of scrap papers.  Finally, I used one of my signature, hand-sewn bows which was white ribbon before I 'dyed' it with a ProMarker.

Dare 2B Artzy (used a die)

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, October 11, 2021

When Black Cats Prowl ...

      This fabulous image is from a set by my dear friend, Donna Ellis, and the set is also the prize at the current Inspiration Station challenge.  I just had to do this card to show it off.  :-D

     I merged the sentiment and the image before printing it in gray scale.  I used my ProMarkers to color the image and added a few highlights with a white gel pen.  I cut the image with a QuicKutz rectangle die and then used a Fiskars punch on three of the corners.  The black, glitter paper is from a DCWV stack (now retired), and the purple corners are dp from Paper House.  

     I added one of my signature, hand-sewn bows, plus a row of gemstones across each of the lower corners.  The bow has a tiny butterfly on it which was a drop-out piece from a Spellbinders die used for a different project months ago.


     Have a great day and Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Christmas Gnomes

      This delightfully fun stack of Christmas Gnomes (which is on sale this entire month!) is from Conie Fong and I created it as my DT card for this week.  Remember, on the Facebook site we have two separate challenges each month; one is for coloring only and the other is for finished projects.  You must use a Conie Fong image to enter either one but you could win some additional Conie Fong images, too,  Wouldn't that be fun?  :-D

     I colored with my ProMarkers, used glitter on the star and the centers of the poinsettias, then cut both the image and the mats using dies from Tonic Studios.  The sparkly ribbon was in my stash and the bow was tied with a tiny bit of ribbon I found in the scrap basket.

I chose my colors from the bottom row of the
 #465 Tic Tac Toe board at CMH Color Dare:
Candy Apple, Harbour, and Evergreen, plus I added gold for the star
and Toffee for their shoes.


     Come play with us.  Our two challenges are open all month long and all you need is a Conie Fong image to enter.  The theme is always Anything Goes.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Harvest Wishes

      When pumpkins turn into jack-o-lanterns, it's a pretty sure bet that harvest celebrations are turning into Halloween celebrations.  This pumpkin/jack-o-lantern, which is the freebie this month from Stampers Delights, is covering both bases by sending everyone harvest wishes.  :-D

     I colored with my ProMarkers, then fussy cut the image using scissors.  The background is a scrap of 12" x 12" paper from Off the Press and the sentiment came with the image.  I mounted the pumpkin onto dimensional tape, added a silk leaf to the back and put it all on top of the background piece.

Double Trouble  (all 3)
Inspiration Station (colors + fall)

     That's it for today.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, October 8, 2021

Sunflower Bucket

      My stash of Thank You cards is getting low and I have a friend who has asked me to make several for her so I'm ramping up production of them.  I'm starting with this lovely sunflower image from Beccy's Place. 

     I used ProMarkers and gel pens to color and highlight the image.  I had merged the sentiment (also from Beccy's Place) before printing.  After coloring, I cut both of them with a QuicKutz square die and then used a Fiskars punch on three of the corners.  I dry embossed some metallic paper and used it behind the punched corners.

     The sparkly ribbons are both from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and I tied the bow using my bow maker.  I think this will make a perfect Autumn themed thank you card.


     Wishing you the best of days and have a wonderful weekend.  Hope you find lots of "me" time to craft and relax.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, October 7, 2021


      So, another week has gone by, we're closer to the fall holidays, and another challenge has started at Creative Knockouts!   This week, our theme is "Thankful" and our fantastic sponsor is LeAnn's World 101.  I used a sweet image called "Rainy Walk" and out where I live we've had a terrible drought for more than two years now so I'd be really grateful for a bit of rain (or a lot of it!) :-D

     I used my ProMarkers to color the image, then cut it with an oval die from QuicKutz, as were the two sentiment phrases.  The background paper was water colored.  The pale orange, grosgrain, ribbon came from my stash and I added a flower sequin to the bow.  Pretty CAS design but that showcases the image.


     Come play with us this week, won't you?  We love seeing what you create and you could win some really delightful digis from LeAnn's World.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Santa's Jalopy

      My first post was for Halloween, and this one is for Christmas.  Even though our challenges at Jan's Digi Stamps don't start again until the first Monday in November, my card today features one of the new releases from Jan's Digi Stamps, which is on sale the entire month of October!   It's called "Santa's Jalopy" and I think it's adorable!  I merged the image and the sentiment (also from the set), then colored with Pro-Markers, sparkle gel pen, and silver paint pen.

     The background dp is from Graphic 45 (an old 'Joy to the World' stack)  and I added sparkle twine, tied into a bow with a sequin added.  Very CAS and flat for mailing.

I pulled my colors from this inspiration photo
at CMH Color Dare #463 - red, green, gold, brown, white gray

Allsorts (Christmas, Santa, ProMarkers)

     You really should check out the other sets on sale this month.  Just click on this link to get to the store.  Also, take a moment and go see what the rest of the DT have created by accessing the Jan's Digi Stamps blog.

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Magical Halloween

      Our next challenge at Paper Funday starts today and our theme is "Halloween or Use Purple."  I love making Halloween cards and purple is my favorite color so I was in heaven with either option on this theme!  Our fun sponsor is Paper Nest Dolls and they generously provided the team with images to use for our inspiration cards.  I chose to use "Wizard Avery" and used standard Halloween colors of purple, green and black.

     I used my ProMarkers to color the image, then added a bit of glitter to the light of her magic wand (difficult to see but if you enlarge the photo it might show) and Liquid Pearls (gold) to the teeny stars surrounding it.  The image was cut with an Unbranded die, then the sentiment was printed and cut with an Avery Elle die.  I used two different ribbons from my stash, (wide satin and shimmery 1/2") layered one on top of the other.  Everything went onto a black card front which helps the image to pop off the card front.  


     I certainly hope we're going to see you playing along this month.  For those of you who don't do Halloween cards, just grab your purple markers, pencils, or  paper and ribbon, and show us what you  create.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, October 4, 2021

Autumn Owl

      This is my first DT card for Get Creative and this one is for the October monthly challenge.  Our theme is "Anything Goes" but there's an optional twist of Holidays.  We have 3 marvelous sponsors this month; All Dressed Up, Goha Digital Stamps, and Oddball Stamps.  Each sponsor supplied images for the DT to use and I chose this marvelous Owl from Goha.

     I used polychromos pencils and ProMarkers to color the owl, highlighted it with gel pens, then cut the image with an oval die from QuicKutz.  I printed and fussy cut the sentiment.  Both the deep brown CS and the yellow strip are dry embossed.  I kept with a very CAS design because this one will be mailed and I really wanted the image to take center stage.


     The challenge runs all month and will be our last one for this year.  The team takes a 2 month break in November and December so that they can focus on family over the holidays.  We sure hope to see you joining in and inspiring us with your creations.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Spider Treat Box

      We're starting a new challenge at Pammie's Inky Pinkies this morning and our theme is "Anything Goes."  We are being sponsored by The Cutting Cafe and they have some of the cutest projects, including this adorable Spider Treat Box.  Their .svg file is designed for electronic cutting machines but, since I don't have one, I used their .pdf file and cut everything by hand.  

     Mine is a little different than the sample you'll see on the Cutting Cafe's website but that's because I printed the spider onto white CS, colored it black with my ProMarkers, cut it with scissors and attached it to a little, orange box I made with my ScorPal board.  Black and Orange is still my favorite color combo for Halloween, even though I'm perfectly fine with purple and some shade of muted olive green having been added as spooky colors in more recent years.  Those of you who are over 50 will know what I mean.

     I used tiny google eyes to make the spider eyes, opting to add them to two small ovals so that they looked more like 'people' eyes.  I found that spreading them across the spider face (the actual placement of real spider eyes) was distracting and nearly unidentifiable so did them this way instead.  At least, you still get the sense of multiple eyes.  :-D

     I used sparkly, metallic, wired ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon to make the triple loop bow and attached that to the top of the spider, as though it was a jaunty, autumn chapeau!  Hope you like him.  If you have an electronic cutter, you could make dozens of these with the .svg file from The Cutting Cafe in the amount of time I spent making just this one.


     Don't forget that our challenges at Pammie's Inky Pinkies run every week, starting on Mondays and our theme is always Anything Goes except for the occasional 5th Monday in a month when we have a specific theme.  Come play with us - this is an Anything Goes week.          :-D

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Grateful Piggie

      We're starting a new challenge at Angie's Digital Stamps this morning and the theme is "Anything Goes" (no twist this month.)  This is our last challenge of the year because the DT takes a 2 month break over the holidays.

     I thought this sweet little piggie (Pig Eating from Trough) would be perfect for a Thanksgiving card.  Doesn't he look completely grateful for his holiday corn?  :-D

     I colored him with my ProMarkers and cut the image with a Cottage Cuts stitched die.  I found scraps bits of dp, including the strip of leaves, in my basket, and I think they are all from a DCWV stack.  Although it's difficult t see in the photo, the small leaves along that strip are sparkly and embossed.  I printed my own sentiment and cut it with an Avery Elle die.  The large leaf is cut from silk and the polka dot bow is hand tied.

I pulled these colors from the photo at
pink, yellow, orange, red, beige, brown + pale blue from shadows on the tree trunks


     Come play with us since this is our last challenge this year.  We love seeing what you create and also being inspired by your creations.  Since we won't see you in November or December, may I wish you the happiest of holidays now?  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Christmas Tree Gnome

      This is my first October DT card featuring Conie Fong's "Christmas Tree Gnome" image. Isn't he darling? Conie released several new Christmas/Winter gnomes and they're all on sale this month so go check them out! We have two challenges each month; one for Coloring Only on CF images and another for Finished Projects, like mine. You can find both of them on Conie Fong's Facebook page. If you haven't joined over there, it's quick and easy to do. :-D

I colored the image with ProMarkers and used polychromos pencils for ding highlights and some of the shading. I cut the image with a die from Spellbinders. The poinsettia dp is a scrap left from a 12" x 12" sheet of scrapbooking paper (Doodlebug). The gold paper is metallic and came from a Recollections stack. I used my BowMaker to make the Christmas bow with shiny metallic strips instead of ribbon. Obviously, this card will have to be hand delivered with a gift on Christmas day because the bow is far too thick to be able to put the card into an envelope for mailing unless I'm willing to smash the bow and I'm not! lol

We'd love to see you playing along with us in either of the challenges this month. Remember, it's always Anything Goes with a Conie Fong image.

Happy Crafting. NanaConnie

Witch on a Pumpkin

      My 4th DT post for October monthly challenges and it should be the last one.  :-D  Our newest monthly challenge is starting today over at Your Scrapbook Place.  Our theme is "Anything Goes" and you may use whatever images you like.  Our sponsor this month is MoonFlower and I used a cute image called "Gina le Cat Witch."  Do you see the teeny, tiny cat beside the bottom of the pumpkin?  Barely bigger than the witch's shoe.  :-D

     I used my ProMarkers to color the image and cut it with a Spellbinders die.  The little black bat was cut with a Die-Versions die and the sentiment was cut with a die from Cheery Lynn.  Although the card looks detailed and complex, it really is very CAS; black CS for the card front, the die cut image, and the two smaller die cuts.  No other embellishments or layers.


     Wishing you a Happy Halloween, a great October, a delightful autumn, and an invitation to come and play with us at Your Scrapbook Place.

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, October 1, 2021

Why We Have Friends

      I love the sentiment on this card (QKR, called "Friends") which I paired with this delightful image, also from QKR Stampede, called "Checking Shadows."  The image is colored with my ProMarkers, and cut with a die from Cuts.  The delicate frame was a Sue Wilson die cut.  The sentiment was fussy cut and matted.

     I added satin & sheer, aqua ribbon to the top of the card, and a bow tied using brown lace, folded in half lengthwise before tying.


     Our challenge at QKR Stampede runs from today through the 14th of October, then a new challenge starts on the 15th and runs through the end of the month.  Our theme is always "Anything Goes" and we love to see you playing along with us.  Won't you please come and play?

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

It's CAT-O-WEEN month !

      This is the first of 4 posts I have for today since it's the 1st of the month.  This one is my GDT card for what was previously 2 Crafty Critter Crazies, now Critter Crazy!   I'm so excited that Kleido has taken it over and that the challenges will continue.  They asked and I agreed to be a Guest Designer (as needed) between now and December.  I'm happy to do that since I've not given up card making, only the admin part of running a challenge blog.  :-D

     My card today uses all die cuts and all of those cut from scraps of this and that.  I used dies from a Cheery Lynn set for the cats and the sentiment.  The moon and bats were done with a Die-Versions die set.  I mounted everything onto a purple card front, thereby using three Halloween colors.


     Now that you know the Critter Crazy(ies) will still be around, do visit the blog and play along.  All you need it a card or other project which features a creature of some sort.  :-D  Come play!  We want to see what you create.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie    

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Swinging Halloween

      I think this is my third House Mouse card this month and each one has been more fun than the last!   I did a summer theme and a Christmas theme and now something in between, Halloween.  

     This time I used ProMarkers and polychromos pencils to color the image and cut it with a QuicKutz die.  I printed the sentiment onto a scrap of white CS, trimmed that to fit as a frame around the image, and added the tiny, hand-tied bow to the corner.

     I made a card base out of gray CS, embossed the top and bottom of it with my 'Linen' EF, and added the square of Halloween dp (DCWV).  That dp is embossed and glittered for some fantastic texture.  I layered the image piece onto that and called it finished.  I tend to do simple, flat Halloween cards because the majority of them get mailed so flat is better.


      Happy Crafting!  NanaConnie

Monday, September 27, 2021

Newest Reindeer

      This adorable image is the freebie for the Progressive Challenge at LeAnn's World.  It's called "Dillon" and I reversed the image before printing it.  I used my ProMarkers to color the image, then cut both it and the frame with oval dies from QuicKutz.  The sentiment was printed and cut with an Avery Elle die.

     The background dp came from a Graphic 45 stack and it's really old.  I've probably had that in my Christmas stash since 2014!  I added a wrap of satin ribbon plus a hand-sewn, polka dot bow with blingy gemstones.  The bow is made from grosgrain ribbon and gives wonderful texture, both actual and visual.  :-D

Christmas Crafts ... (reindeer, ribbon)
Clever Dexter (sparkly gems + opt colors)

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, September 26, 2021

You're my Best Friend

      This morning I'm sharing another card with an image by Mariola Budek, an artist I discovered early this summer.  Can't you tell these two are Best Friends?  I haven't added the sentiment yet because I'm considering using it as a birthday card but haven't decided positively.  I have  great-granddaughter who would love it regardless of the occasion.  :-D

     The image is colored using ProMarkers in a rainbow of fall colors, then cut with an Unbranded die.  I cut an oval from orange CS using a die from Spellbinders and mounted the image on top of it so that the orange would show through the negative, open spaces.  I mounted that onto gray CS which had been dry embossed with my Linen EF.

     I trimmed a scrap of striped dp to fit the A2 card front and added a narrow strip of washi tape to the left edge.  I did a hand-made bow using grosgrain ribbon to which I added sequins, one on top of the other.


     Have yourself a wonderful and creative day.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, September 24, 2021

Cutest Witch Ever !

      It's almost the end of September and we've started my favorite season of the year, Autumn!  Why is it my favorite?  Because the miserably hot summer temperatures are dropping, the leaves are changing colors, the kids are headed back to school, and now nobody questions the Halloween cards I've been making all year round !  lol  

     That being true, it's time for me to share another of my DT cards for Conie Fong.  The image is called "Witchy Broomstick Gnome" and she's on sale for a few more days.  If you love her as much as I do, go to the store (click the name above) and grab her before she's full price.  :-D

     I used ProMarkers to color her and her happy little kitten, and then cut the image with a CUTplorations stitched die.   I put everything on a black card base which made the image and the ribbon pop.  The sentiment was 'stitched' to match the die for the image.  The diamond-pattern ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and I pulled some sheer ribbon from my stash to make the quad-loop bow.


     Don't forget you still have 6 days to color one of Conie Fong's images and enter either our Coloring Only challenge or our Completed Projects challenge.  You could win Conie Fong images as your prize.  Come play with us!  
     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Snow Globe Mom

      A new challenge starts this morning at Creative Knockouts and we're sponsored by Jan's Digi Stamps.  We have a fun TicTacToe board and I used both the Middle Row and the Right-hand Column.

     I started with the "Snowglobe Family" set from Jan's Digi Stamps.  I merged the Mother Snowman image into the Snow Globe, added the sentiment, and printed the whole thing.  I colored with my ProMarkers and white gel pen, then fussy cut the image.  I mounted the image on dimensional tape before adding it to the background.

     I made the background with a scrap of aqua CS which had been cut with a Memory Box die.  I added a wrap of Really Reasonable Ribbon and found the snowflakes in my Christmas embellishments box.

Inside sentiment, also from the JDS set -

Christmas Crafts AYR (R for ribbon)

     Hope we're going to see you playing along this week.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

It's Called "Ballet"

     This darling image from Hetty Clare is the free image given to us for the Progressive challenge at The Outlawz this month.  As soon as I saw the expression on this little ballerina's face, I knew what I had to use as the sentiment and here's the back story on that.   

     When my eldest granddaughter was still pre-school age, she fell in love with dancing and her mom enrolled her in ballet classes.  Because, at that time, we lived in different states (east Texas and northern California - not like you can drive over for a weekend!), my daughter took videos of her first performance so that I could see her perform.  When I visited at Christmas that year, we popped the video tape (yes, this was before everyone used their cell phones to photograph everything) into the machine and were watching it when my granddaughter came into the room, saw what we were watching, and said to me (in a tone of voice filled with the assurance of absolute knowledge), "It's called ballet."  :-D

     I colored with ProMarkers, used a die from Spellbinders to cut it, matted it with pink CS, and fussy cut the mat to match the die cut.  The corner cut was also done with a Spellbinders die, but both the card front and pink CS were cut so that the die cut is inlaid into the card front.  I put a piece of white CS on the inside of the card front, then added glitter to the negative spaces of the corner cut.

     The sentiment was printed and cut with an Avery Elle die.  The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon, as are the fabric flowers.

I based my card design on the sketch at Tues Morning Sketches
but I reversed it and used the corner die cut instead of the 2 strips.


     What wonderful memories swirled in my head as I was making and posting this card.  Hard to believe it was nearly 20 years ago!  It seems like yesterday.  :-D  

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie